GED Question Types: Drag & Drop Questions

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Getting ready to take the GED test? You need to familiarize yourself with some new question types. This lesson focuses on drag-and-drop questions and helps you get ready for success.

What Are Drag-and-Drop Questions?

When the GED published a new test in 2014, they added some new kinds of questions. The purpose of adding these questions was not to confuse you as a test-taker! Instead, these new question formats use available technologies to make the test a more reliable assessment of your knowledge. As a test-taker, you need to familiarize yourself with these question types so that you come to the day of the test prepared to succeed.

One of the new question types is called a drag-and-drop question. You will find drag-and-drop questions on the literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies tests, though they will look a bit different depending on the subject area. Essentially, in drag-and-drop items, you will move words, small images, or short phrases on a computer screen to target areas where they belong. Drag-and-drop items assess your ability to classify, organize, and sequence information.

This lesson describes how drag-and-drop questions work on the different GED tests and offers some general test-taking strategies for success.


The drag-and-drop questions in the literacy test might ask you to place events from a passage in appropriate chronological order based on your comprehension of the passage. They might also ask that you match causes with their effects, or ask that you classify particular arguments or text-based statements as true or false.

To prepare yourself for drag-and-drop questions in the literacy section, get familiar with graphic organizers including two-column charts, Venn diagrams, and timelines. Also, prepare yourself to use the drag-and-drop system for editing tasks, such as reorganizing sentences within a paragraph or paragraphs within a passage, to ensure that a piece of writing flows logically.


In the mathematics test, drag-and-drop questions will ask you to move words, images, or numerical expressions. You will make expressions, equations, and inequalities that reflect accurate understanding of mathematical relationships. You might also use drag-and-drop questions to classify numbers or expressions or to sort shapes, or to sequence steps for solving a particular problem.

Here's an example:

Dave, a dog walker, wants to estimate how much money he is going to make this week. For each dog, Dave charges $15 plus tips. Assuming Dave makes $125 this week in tips, complete a linear equation for Dave's profit where x is the number of dogs that are walked during the week.

Example of a Drag-and-Drop Question from the GED Math Test

We know the key information to solve this problem which is Dave charges $15 per dog and that he received $125 in tips. To solve this drag-and-drop problem, you would click and drag the boxes to the correct location in the equation. giving us the answer y = 15 x + 125.

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